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Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Holyoke Building

 
 
The Holyoke Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
1. The Holyoke Building Marker
Inscription. In 1889, while this building was under construction, fire consumed most (sixteen blocks) of Seattle's downtown business district. The deep pit that had been dug for this building's foundation acted as a fire stop, preventing the destruction from spreading further north. When reconstruction began after the fire, the Holyoke Building was the first office structure completed. In the first half of the 20th Century, the Holyoke Building became a gathering place for artists and musicians, including Nellie C. Cornish, founder of Seattle's Cornish School. In 1970, the building was acquired by the predecessor of Harbor Properties, Inc., which later renovated it. In 1976, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Location. 47° 36.323′ N, 122° 20.201′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Spring Street on 1st Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1022 1st Avenue, Seattle WA 98104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colman Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexis Hotel / Globe Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Start of Seattle Fire Site
The Holyoke Building and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
2. The Holyoke Building and Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here, mounted to the corner of the building.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Everett G. DuPen (about 400 feet away); First Post Office in Seattle (about 400 feet away); Burke Building Remnants (about 500 feet away); Exchange Building (about 700 feet away); The Brooklyn Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
 
Also see . . .  The Holyoke Building (National Park Service). ... In 1890, lumberman Richard Holyoke constructed the Holyoke Building. Architects Thomas Bird and George Dornbach had planned the construction of the Holyoke Building prior to Seattle's 1889 fire. After the fire had occurred, the Holyoke Building was one of the first office buildings to be completed....This building represents the northward expansion of Seattle's downtown spreading out from Pioneer Square. In the late 1890s, the Klondike Gold Rush caused increased development activity resulting in the construction of hotels and commercial properties near the Holyoke Building.... (Submitted on November 9, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicDisastersIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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